Seattle Seed Company finds new space to grow on 12th Ave

Sander Kallshian became interested in gardening and the environment as a kid.

His family had a garden, and he started an environmentalist club with a neighborhood friend. With some humidifiers and forest wallpaper, he transformed his room into a rainforest.

“I was kind of the environmentalist of the family,” Kallshian told CHS.

That interest has now grown into an online and in store wholesale and retail seed and garden business that recently relocated to the retail space below a new microhousing development at 12th and Yesler. Continue reading

Activists make one last stand against 12th Ave youth jail project

Protest — including a December rally in Mayor Ed Murray’s home North Capitol Hill neighborhood — has not swayed the process, construction permits have been issued for the county’s $210 million project planned to replace the old youth jail still in use at 12th and Alder pending a two-week appeal period. Not surprisingly, an appeal — likely a last ditch effort to stop project — has been filed.

Activists including the Ending The Prison Industrial Complex group leading the fight against the new facility were at the site Wednesday to announce the latest attempt to curb the construction.

“We are united under a vision to create a brighter future for our youth and our region that does not include incarceration of children, but instead invests in community to support, educate and empower our youth,” a statement on the appeal from EPIC and lawyer Knoll Lowney reads: Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2017 at Northwest Film Forum

From the Northwest Film Forum
unnamed-7Northwest Film Forum is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for its 12th edition of Children’s Film Festival Seattle — the largest and most respected film festival of its kind west of the Mississippi.

The festival will stretch out over 12 days, from its opening night on January 26 to its awards ceremony on February 11, 2017, with all screenings at NorthwestFilm Forum, in the bustling heart of Capitol Hill.

The family-friendly extravaganza celebrates the best and brightest in international cinema made for children and young people, and will include 186films from 52 countries, spanning the globe from North to South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Events will include animation, features, shorts and hands-on filmmaking workshops, all crafted with care to appeal to a wide range of age groups.

The programming is particularly important in this era of social upheaval. Festival director Elizabeth Shepherd says the films in the festival are aimed to empower younger viewers.

“We believe it is more important than ever to champion the ideas of social inclusion, diversity, global awarenes, teamwork, empathy, environmentalism, and human rights, kindness and love, says festival director Elizabeth Shepherd. “We want children to come to the festival not only to be entertained by funny and fantastic films, but also to discover common ground, to build empathy and celebrate our shared humanity.”


Festival opening night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. This evening’s program will be a celebration of CFFS’s new partnership with the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival — a joint initiative between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration. The New York-based festival showcases films made by young people around the world on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion. The opening night program of CFFS will be a special program of prizewinning films from PLURAL+, made by movie makers ages 25 and younger in Canada, Ghana, Lebanon, France, Yemen, Malaysia, Indonesia, Slovenia and the US.

The second Saturday morning of the festival will mark a longtime tradition: an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m.Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption, at 1804 13th Avenue. After the breakfast, at 10:30 and 11 a.m., there will be showings of “Friends are Forever,” a program of live action and animated shorts, at Northwest Film Forum.

Hands-on workshops for kids will roll out both weekends of the festival, with a two-day animation workshop by British animator Charlotte Blacker onJanuary 28 and 29, and a one-day mobile filmmaking (with IPads) workshop taught by Northwest Film Forum education and equipment manager Jonah Kozlowski on February 4.

Seattle animators and filmmakers will also have a portfolio review of their work and learn more about opportunities to create content for Sesame Workshop, at a talk by Sesame Workshop Director of Creative Development, Jordan Geary. Geary’s presentation will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, January 28, at Northwest Film Forum.


Festival highlights in 2017 will include several insightful documentaries for families with older children and young teens. “Mussa,” from Israel, tells the poignant story of a young Ethiopian boy who is a refugee in Israel. “Boxing for Freedom,” by Spanish filmmakers Juan Antonio Moreno and Silvia Venegas, tells the uplifting story of a teenaged girl in Afghanistan who is determined to fight for Olympic gold in boxing. “Jeffrey,” from the Dominican Republic, is a hybrid documentary/narrative film that follows a 12-year-old boy, who washes car windows on the streets of Santo Domingo to support his family, all the while dreaming of becoming a reggaeton singing star.

Narrative features include the Seattle premieres of four German films “Heidi,” “At Eye Level,” “Fortune Favors the Brave,” and “Nelly’s Adventures.” The features lineup also includes “My Parrot Mom,” from Argentina, “Mr. Frog,” from The Netherlands, and “Jill and Joy’s Winter,” from Finland. “Molly Monster,” a delightfully animated feature film in English for ages 2 and older, will ensure that all ages can enjoy watching features at CFFS. A new film from Seattle, “The Boy Who Lived Before,” by local filmmaker Stephen Anunson, will also be a part of the festival lineup.

Perhaps most notably, a slew of 17 amazing programs of short animated and live action films will also be included in the festival, with thematic content telegraphed in the program titles, including “No Bullying Allowed,” “Gotta Be Me,” “Save the Earth,” “Friends are Forever,” “Dreaming of a Better World” and “Destination.”

As in previous years, kids will also be important decision-makers and VIPS at the festival — this year’s Children’s Jury, made up of 25 Seattle-area youth ages 9 to 15, will be led once again by a group of seven teenaged jury graduates, and award coveted prizes in numerous categories. Every audience member will also have an opportunity to vote for the festival’s coveted audience awards given in several categories.

School field trip groups, as well as the public, are welcome at the festival. This year, the festival is expanding to not only offer weekday field trip screenings at Northwest Film Forum, but two special screenings at Rainier Arts Center, in the Columbia City neighborhood.


  • Jordan Geary, Director of Creative Development of Sesame Workshop in New York
  • British animator Charlotte Blacker, creator of the festival graphics and trailer, will join us to present a great animation workshop for kids, “Animate the ‘Me’ Machine
  • Dominik Wessely, the director of the German languages feature Nelly’s Adventure
  • Katrin Milhahn, German screenwriter of Fortune Favors the Brave
  • Anthony Orkin, director of the short film Sammy’s Measle
  • Cynthia Pepper, director of the short film Polka Dott
  • Lisa Cohen, Seattle director of the film Confessions of a Former Bully, will be in attendance at both screenings of her film in the “No Bullies Allowed” program
  • Erin Shea, Los Angeles animator, director of the short film Ampersand(in “Save the Earth” program)
  • Peter Marcias, Italian animator, director of the short film My Dog’s Name is Wind (in “Friends Are Forever” program)
  • Daria Kopiec, Polish animator, director of the film Bobo’s Metamorphoses (in “Pure Imagination” program)

Katsu Burger rings out 2016 with Capitol Hill debut

“By demand and popularity,” Katsu Burger is now open on Capitol Hill. The popular Japanese-style burger joint’s 12th Ave expansion debuted this week with a “quiet opening” as the restaurant gears up for life on the edge of Pike/Pine.

A Thursday grand opening is planned. After, Capitol Hill will be the lucky recipient of extended Katsu hours with plans to operate 11:30 AM to 10 PM Sundays through Thursdays, and 11:30 AM to 2 AM on Fridays and Saturdays.

“By demand and popularity we thought Capitol Hill would be a perfect place to open,” owner Stephanie Kang told CHS as we broke the news in November on Katsu’s arrival on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

Looking forward to 2017, Morfire’s hot pots, small plates, and cocktails coming to 12th Ave

screen-shot-2016-12-21-at-1-24-56-pmCHS will look at the year that was in Capitol Hill food+drink soon but it is also time to start looking ahead to 2017. One early story to watch will take place on 12th Ave in the space where Capitol Hill’s only cheese bar was born and died in 2016. In 2017, Morfire will bring its Thai hot pot power to the street.

The project from a handful of food and drink veterans promises the Thai cook at your table setup for hot pot, plus a menu of spicy hot plates, and, of course, cocktails.

Morfire is currently under construction in the Cal Park microhousing building on 12th at Howell. The space was previously built out for cheese bar Culture Club which opened near the end of 2015 but was shuttered by the spring. Expect a few changes in the space neighboring Capitol Hill nan-brewery Outer Planet including tables tricked out with burners. It will join the upscale Korean BBQ of Trove as Capitol Hill joints outsourcing the cooking to its customers.

Meanwhile, another Asian-flavored player taking over a space on 12th Ave appears on track to be part of the class of 2016. Katsu Burger Capitol Hill — we broke the news on the project here — is gearing up for its opening… soon.

Morfire will be located at 1806 12th Ave. You can keep a watch on to learn more.

Youth jail protest comes to Mayor Murray’s North Capitol Hill neighborhood

Ed Murray’s North Capitol Hill home Tuesday night was the target for a group of protesters calling for the mayor and City Hall to stop construction of the county’s planned upgraded Children and Family Justice Center on 12th Ave.

A group of around 50 protesters lined 10th Ave E near E Boston near the mayor’s home to call for a last-ditch effort to reject what is expected to be approval of city construction permits for the facility, a decision the protesters say is slated for Thursday:

No New Youth Jail Action Alert
Call the Mayor, County Executive, and City Council Today!
**Mayor Murray, Dow Constantine, the City of Seattle, and King County intend to give our children and families a new children jail for the holidays.**
On December 22nd the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection will release its decision about whether it will grant permits to King County to build a new children’s jail in Seattle.

Wednesday night, protesters chanted for no new youth jail and reminded the mayor they know where he lives. “We’re here outside of Mayor Murray’s house to let him know that we’re not going away, we are paying attention, and he can’t do something like allow his city government to pass this permit right before the holidays,” protest organizer Bana Abera said. “Obviously, we are paying attention.”

“We want to let him know that we are vigilant. And especially with him being up for reelection, we are going to make sure that he knows, if he doesn’t stop this jail, this will be the main issue of his campaign.”

Earlier this week, Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine were targeted by protesters at the announcement designating Washington as a “hate free state.” Continue reading

New parking rates coming to Capitol Hill in 2017 — but no late night paid parking… yet


In 2017, Capitol Hill and First Hill streets will join the busy avenues of downtown, and Pioneer Square as the first areas in Seattle where nighttime on-street paid parking will hit $4.50 an hour. Nighttime visitors — and neighbors who play the increasingly challenging shell game of keeping their parked automobiles one step ahead of the Parking Enforcement Officer — will be happy to hear that there is no specific plan for rolling out paid parking beyond 8 PM… yet.

The Seattle Department of Transportation announced the planned increases last week as part of its ongoing “data-driven” optimization across its 12,000 on-street paid parking spaces as demand for some Capitol Hill-area parking continues to hover well beyond 100% during peak hours — seemingly no matter how high rates climb. Continue reading

The great Capitol Hill pizza boom of 2016: Southpaw makes it five

The margins are good — “We can make this into something that is a little more entry level that can still have my stamp when it comes to quality level,” longtime Capitol Hill chef John Sundstrom told CHS earlier this year about the plans for his new Lark sibling Southpaw.

The new restaurant is opening this weekend as the fifth new pizza joint to debut on Capitol Hill in 2016 — sixth if you count Italian Family Pizza’s move to Boren and Madison. Continue reading

Capitol Hill shooting now a murder investigation as 13th/Olive victim dies — UPDATE

img_9697-600x401The 31-year-old man shot in what was described as a targeted assault on a Capitol Hill street earlier this month has died.

Detectives are now investigating the early morning November 13th shooting at 13th and E Olive St as a homicide, Seattle Police confirmed Wednesday morning.

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of a memorial to the victim left at 13th and Olive

Thanks to a CHS reader for this image of a memorial to the victim left at 13th and Olive

The victim in the shooting died in the hospital earlier this week. Witnesses reported multiple shots being fired and the victim reportedly suffered a gunshot wound to the neck as he was jumped while at the corner of 13th and Olive with a small group. Officers spoke with several witnesses who said the suspect ran up to the victim, shot him several times, and then ran away.

The victim has not yet been publicly identified. UPDATE: The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Jacob Osborne-Bash.

Police are looking for a white SUV type vehicle the shooter is believed to have left the area in following the shooting. Police say though there were witnesses to the incident, they do not have a good description of the suspect.

The incident comes in a string of gun violence across Capitol Hill and the East Precinct.

UPDATE x2: Police say a stolen glock pistol was found on the ground near the victim and baggies containing 41 grams of cocaine were handed over to police by emergency room medical personnel after being found when Osborne-Bash was taken to Harborview. Continue reading

Police investigate reported 12th and Fir shooting

A male victim was hit in the upper body after a shooting late Monday night near 12th Ave and E Fir.

Police were called to the area to a report of gunfire just after 11:30 PM and found the victim nearby. Seattle Fire transported the victim to Harborview for treatment.

The shooter reportedly fled in a vehicle seen leaving the area.

Information in this report has not yet been confirmed by Seattle Police or Seattle Fire. UPDATE 11/22/2016 3:58 PM: A SPD spokesperson says our details of the incident are accurate and that little is known about what lead to the shooting.

Katsu Burger Capitol Hill coming to 12th Ave

There is a burger. And then there is a Katsu Burger. The deep fried Japanese burger master is bringing its creations to Capitol Hill with plans to stuff your jolly Santa belly with an opening of the new restaurant (hopefully) before Christmas.

“By demand and popularity we thought Capitol Hill would be a perfect place to open,” Stephanie Kang tells CHS. After nearly two years of searching for the right kind of space, Katsu Burger will finally arrive.

Kang, who purchased the business from the old school Katsu Burger creator sushi chef Hajime Sato, will take over the space left empty by the financial implosion at The Old Sage. That upscale concept closed its doors in June as owner Brian McCracken struggled through a $2.4 million bankruptcy. McCracken’s Tavern Law still neighbors the coming soon Katsu Burger Capitol Hill home — it has been taken over by new ownership. Continue reading

Developer completes 12th Ave affordable housing trifecta

Reverb apartments as seen from the rooftop of its sister building, Decibel.

Reverb apartments as seen from the rooftop of its sister building, Decibel.

In 2014, CHS wondered whether Capitol Hill’s affordable housing might not be built on Capitol Hill but in the neighborhoods to the south along 12th Ave. Today, a trio of Capitol Hill-adjacent affordable housing developments from Spectrum Development Solutions has been completed.

Reverb Apartments, the final of three developments in the 12th and Alder area of the Central District, threw an open house party on Thursday featuring music and a community event to show off the newly opened building.

“It’s been a long journey, and we’re really excited to be a part of the community and to play hopefully an important role in bringing workforce housing to this area. It’s much needed,” Spectrum’s Jake McKinstry told CHS.

Across the three buildings, 56 units qualify as affordable with the other projects priced as “workforce” housing designed to appeal to young, working professionals willing to sacrifice space and perks like parking in exchange for proximity to employment centers and public transit. Spectrum is focusing on “the missing middle” — teachers, nurses and other young professionals, who are trying to live near their jobs and don’t qualify for affordable housing, McKinstry said. Continue reading